These are very thin porcelain shells that are about the thickness of a fingernail or contact lens. This treatment involves preparing and minimally shaping the tooth to accommodate your porcelain veneers. This is assessed on a case-by-case basis and for some patients, the porcelain is added directly to the existing teeth.
One of the greatest aspects of porcelain veneers (and all porcelain restorations in general) is that this material mimics the translucent properties of your natural tooth enamel beautifully. This ensures a natural, seamless result that can be enjoyed for years to come.
Why should I choose porcelain veneers?
Many patients opt for porcelain veneers as they:
- Are strong and can actually enhance the integrity of your teeth
- Can last up to 12-15 years with good care
- Easily retain their aesthetics and blend seamlessly with your natural tooth enamel
- Are incredibly stain resistant and can ensure a bright white smile for years to come
- Are durable – this is a cosmetic treatment that many patients find highly reliable
What is the process for porcelain veneers?
Dr Joffe will take photographs and an impression of your smile so he can create a model of your teeth. From this model, Dr Joffe will perform a cosmetic ‘wax-up’ or ‘trial smile’, which involves a silicon putty filled with ‘simply crown’ material and is placed in the mouth to show you what your new smile will look like. This gives you a test drive of your new smile and creates certainty of your end product. Once you are happy with the mock-up Dr Joffe will prepare your teeth and place temporary veneers to ensure your smile is complete until your permanent veneers arrive.
On your second appointment, Dr Joffe will remove your temporary veneers and place the porcelain veneers for a beautiful and instantaneous transformation. This is a great choice for patients who are looking for a comprehensive, long-lasting and high-quality solution to multiple aesthetic concerns in relation to their smile.
Who is not a suitable candidate for porcelain veneers?
Patients who suffer from bruxism or teeth grinding may wish to consider the composite alternative as although porcelain veneers are highly durable, in the unfortunate case that they are damaged this cosmetic treatment can be a little difficult and costly to repair. As this is a high quality, long lasting treatment, budget-conscious patients may wish to consider other alternatives.